Department of Animal Environment and Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
New technique to assess omega-3 status in cell membranes of pets — Tonje Dominguez, director of QRILL specialty animal nutrition products for Aker BioMarine, and Hanna Lindqvist, a project leader for the Department of Animal Environment and Health at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, present a new and innovative technique for measuring the omega-3 index (O3I) in pets and how it can be used to map the efficiency of various omega-3 forms used in pet food. The O3I is considered the gold standard for determining the omega-3 levels in people and animals. This newer, simpler technique has been available for humans for a while. Now a new study has made the technique available for pets, and a second study shows how it is used to measure differences in omega-3 status using different sources in pet food.
Lindqvist is a project leader at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), mainly focusing on teaching and supervising students in animal nutrition. Since 2015 her focus has been dog, cat and mink nutrition. She is also head of quality and product development at Halla Petfood. She got her master’s degree in animal science at SLU, and in 2012 she defended her Ph.D. thesis, “α-Tocopherol and β-carotene in forages and their utilisation by dairy cows in organic production.” She has presented her studies at both national and international conferences.